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  • Supply chain globalization guide

    Browse all of the sections of this supply chain globalization guide, or jump directly to the section that interests you most.

    With supply chains growing in length, complexity and reach, manufacturing is the new melting pot. The consequent crop of ever-expanding enterprises is left to puzzle over how to interact with remote partners and facilities in today's globalized world. In this supply chain globalization guide, you'll learn about developing different areas of global supply chain management (SCM), glean some best practices for approaching the global supply chain, discover why collaboration is a key player in the global arena and read up on some individual companies making global strides.

  • Coverage of the 2013 ProMat trade show

    A diverse group of software and hardware vendors, industry analysts and manufacturing professionals will be in attendance at the annual ProMat 2013 trade show in Chicago. Over 700 exhibitors from manufacturing, commerce and government will be displaying their products, and experts from across the industry will share their insights material handling, supply chain and logistics during keynotes and seminars.

    Brenda Cole, site editor of SearchManufacturingERP.com, will be on site, reporting the most important news, sharing insights, and capturing reactions from users and analysts.

  • Demand-driven manufacturing Guide

    In today's world of instant gratification, traditional planning practices can't keep up with the demands of customers. The problem is that traditional planning is based in classic forecasting formulas that cannot reliably predict the quantity of customer orders that need to be fulfilled. Because this type of forecasting is essentially a "best guess" approach, it does not result in true demand-driven manufacturing. Demand-driven manufacturing is based on actual orders, not forecasts.

    The increase in customer demand also means more data moving through manufacturing organizations. So it is imperative that the transfer of information between suppliers, shippers, retailers, etc., is quick, efficient and accurate. For a company to thrive -- even survive -- in this fast-paced world, it needs to move to a more demand-driven manufacturing model.

    In this guide, you will learn the benefits of demand-driven manufacturing, such as reduced production costs, improved accuracy and increased on-time delivery. You will also learn about some of the demand driven-manufacturing software available that can help your organization respond effectively to customer demand for a positive impact on the bottom line.